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The Emperor of the Moon

The Emperor of the Moon

"This production is a hoot-and-a-half with its larger-than-life characters, tongue-in-cheek line delivery, vigorous staging and very talented actors who are obviously enjoying themselves." - Berkshire on Stage

"There is music, dancing, a parody of the Broadway hip-hop musical, "Hamilton," comedy in language and the rougher comedy of pratfalls and slapstick and for 75 minutes you just listen and watch -- when you can -- and laugh until your head aches with it." - J. Peter Bergman, Edge Media

When love strikes, chaos ensues and a coup of astronomic proportions results. Sisters, suitors, servants, and a father obsessed with the moon set the stage for a stellar farce performed under the open-air tent. Ware's fast-paced, family-friendly adaptation of Aphra Behn’s Restoration comedy, based in Commedia dell'Arte, offers audiences of every age a hearty dose of mayhem, music and merriment.

Photos & Videos

Dara Silverman. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Marcus Kearns and Gregory Boover. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Caroline Calkins, Marcus Kearns, Caitlin Kraft. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Lori Evans and Kaileela Hobby. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Marcus Kearns. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Concetta Russo and Ashton Muniz. The Emperor of the Moon. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Artists

Caroline Calkins

Caroline Calkins

(Elaria) seventh season (Director of Riotous Youth; Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). S&Co: Elaria, The Emperor of the Moon, Katherine/Boy, Henry V; NE Regional Tour of Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth, Celie, Les Faux Pas; Ensemble, King Lear; Columbina, The Venetian Twins; SLaW. Caroline teaches in more(Elaria) seventh season (Director of Riotous Youth; Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). S&Co: Elaria, The Emperor of the Moon, Katherine/Boy, Henry V; NE Regional Tour of Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth, Celie, Les Faux Pas; Ensemble, King Lear; Columbina, The Venetian Twins; SLaW. Caroline teaches in S&Co’s Education Program and has directed for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, 2011-16. BA: Brown University. Other training: NTI, SITI Company.

Lori Evans

Lori Evans

(Doctor) Third season with S&Co: Frank, Private Eyes; Shakespeare & the Language that Shaped a World; Fall Festival of Shakespeare Director (2013-2015). Regional: Dionyza, Pericles; Mistress Ford, Merry Wives of Windsor; Lady Capulet, Romeo & Juliet; Biondello, Taming of the Shrew; multiple roles, Julius Caesar; multiple roles, The Beautiful Things more(Doctor) Third season with S&Co: Frank, Private Eyes; Shakespeare & the Language that Shaped a World; Fall Festival of Shakespeare Director (2013-2015). Regional: Dionyza, Pericles; Mistress Ford, Merry Wives of Windsor; Lady Capulet, Romeo & Juliet; Biondello, Taming of the Shrew; multiple roles, Julius Caesar; multiple roles, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears; Alice, Iris; Sandrine, Gayle, Hope, Almost Maine; Cinderella’s Mother, Into the Woods; White Rabbit/Dormouse, Wonderland. BA in Drama: University of WA.

Colin Gold

Colin Gold

(Don Charmonte) S&Co: Malcolm/ Murderer/ Witch Macbeth; Claudius/Ghost Hamlet. Theatre credits include: Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Christmas Carol & You Can't Take It With You (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); also Winnipesaukee Playhouse and The Royal Theatre of Bath (UK). TV/Film: Mysteries of the Castle; Blood Feuds; Occupation: Hunter. Training: more(Don Charmonte) S&Co: Malcolm/ Murderer/ Witch Macbeth; Claudius/Ghost Hamlet. Theatre credits include: Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Christmas Carol & You Can't Take It With You (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); also Winnipesaukee Playhouse and The Royal Theatre of Bath (UK). TV/Film: Mysteries of the Castle; Blood Feuds; Occupation: Hunter. Training: Masters in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Kaileela Hobby

Kaileela Hobby

(Peter) Second season with S&Co: Lady Macbeth/Ross/Witch, NE Tour of Macbeth. Co-director, Fall Festival of Shakespeare (Lee High School, 2015); Tybalt/Lady Capulet/Peter/Sister Joan, NE Tour of Romeo and Juliet). Favorite Regional and NYC credits include: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet; Bianca, Taming of the Shrew (Adirondack Shakespeare Company); Benvolio, Romeo more(Peter) Second season with S&Co: Lady Macbeth/Ross/Witch, NE Tour of Macbeth. Co-director, Fall Festival of Shakespeare (Lee High School, 2015); Tybalt/Lady Capulet/Peter/Sister Joan, NE Tour of Romeo and Juliet). Favorite Regional and NYC credits include: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet; Bianca, Taming of the Shrew (Adirondack Shakespeare Company); Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet and Harlequin, The Triumph of Love (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey NSE tour); Joan, Mother of the Maid; Lis, Out of Orbit (Berkshire Playwrights Lab); Laertes, The Ghost (Bottoms Dream); Cinderella, Cinderella (Galli Children’s Theatre).

Marcus Kearns

Marcus Kearns

(Harlequin) Sixth season with S&Co: Macbeth/Murderer, Northeast Regional Tour Macbeth; Adrian, Private Eyes; Romeo/Peter, Northeast Regional Tour Romeo and Juliet; Kinesis, Lysistrata; Andres, Les Faux Pas; Marcus, SLaW; Philiste, The Liar. Broadway Carpentry: Allegiance, On the 20th Century, Something Rotten!, Finding Neverland. Regional Carpentry: Private Eyes, Mother Courage, Beauty Queen more(Harlequin) Sixth season with S&Co: Macbeth/Murderer, Northeast Regional Tour Macbeth; Adrian, Private Eyes; Romeo/Peter, Northeast Regional Tour Romeo and Juliet; Kinesis, Lysistrata; Andres, Les Faux Pas; Marcus, SLaW; Philiste, The Liar. Broadway Carpentry: Allegiance, On the 20th Century, Something Rotten!, Finding Neverland. Regional Carpentry: Private Eyes, Mother Courage, Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Tempest. Training: Clown Intensive 2013 S&Co: Month-long Intensive 2012 (Franklin Pierce University).

Caitlin Kraft

Caitlin Kraft

(Mopsophil) Fifth season with S&Co: Smeraldina, The Servant of Two Masters; Elmire, Tartuffe; Pisanio, Cymbeline; Beatrice/Lady Anne/Cleopatra, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World. Proudly been an Education Artist with the company since 2012. Training: Shakespeare & Company; BA from Roger Williams University. more(Mopsophil) Fifth season with S&Co: Smeraldina, The Servant of Two Masters; Elmire, Tartuffe; Pisanio, Cymbeline; Beatrice/Lady Anne/Cleopatra, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World. Proudly been an Education Artist with the company since 2012. Training: Shakespeare & Company; BA from Roger Williams University.

Zoë Laiz

Zoë Laiz

(Bellemante) Sixth season. Zoë is a Berkshire native and a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. She most recently appeared at Shakespeare &Company as Bellemante in Emperor of the Moon and Olivia/Antonia in Twelfth Night. Other S&Co credits include: Northeast Regional Tour of Macbeth (Witch/ Lady more(Bellemante) Sixth season. Zoë is a Berkshire native and a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. She most recently appeared at Shakespeare &Company as Bellemante in Emperor of the Moon and Olivia/Antonia in Twelfth Night. Other S&Co credits include: Northeast Regional Tour of Macbeth (Witch/ Lady Macduff/ Lennox), Shakespeare & The Language That Shaped A World (Ensemble), Richard III (Young Elizabeth). WAM Theatre: The Oregon Trail (Jane), Water By The Spoonful (Orangutan). Stella Adler Studio: Top Girls (Angie), All’s Well That Ends Well (Lavatch). zoelaiz.com

Conor Seamus Moroney

Conor Seamus Moroney

(Don Cintio) Third season with S&Co: Banquo/Porter, Macbeth '16 Schools Tour; Benvolio/Paris/Prince, Romeo and Juliet; Cleante, Tartuffe; Fall Festival Director 2009-2013; Regional: Orsino, Twelfth Night; Andrew Ralley, I Hate Hamlet; Antony, Julius Caesar; (Advice to the Players); Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps (Firehouse Center for the Arts); Don Pedro, Much more(Don Cintio) Third season with S&Co: Banquo/Porter, Macbeth '16 Schools Tour; Benvolio/Paris/Prince, Romeo and Juliet; Cleante, Tartuffe; Fall Festival Director 2009-2013; Regional: Orsino, Twelfth Night; Andrew Ralley, I Hate Hamlet; Antony, Julius Caesar; (Advice to the Players); Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps (Firehouse Center for the Arts); Don Pedro, Much Ado About Nothing (Arts After Hours). Training: BA from MCLA, Shakespeare & Company STI '10, The Barrow Group.

Ashton  Muñiz

Ashton Muñiz

(Ferdinand) Premiere season with S&Co. Ashton is an actor, artist, and activist based in NYC. NY credits include On False Tears and Outsourcing (New Museum), Caenis (Pace Gallery), as a resident actor at The Flea-Take Care (dir. Nigel Smith), The Blind, and Madhouse. Other recent credits include Romeo and Juliet(Benvolio), more(Ferdinand) Premiere season with S&Co. Ashton is an actor, artist, and activist based in NYC. NY credits include On False Tears and Outsourcing (New Museum), Caenis (Pace Gallery), as a resident actor at The Flea-Take Care (dir. Nigel Smith), The Blind, and Madhouse. Other recent credits include Romeo and Juliet(Benvolio), Generation Y (Micheal), Eyes Closed (Dreamer). Ashton is a co-founder and the Artistic Development Director for nocturne productions. Training: Ithaca College, Moscow Arts Theatre School (MXAT/NTI), S&Co-Young Company. Instagram/Twitter: @arshton

Concetta Russo

Concetta Russo

(Florinda) Third season with S&Co: Gertrude/Gravedigger Hamlet 2015 Northeast Tour (Mount); Pantalone, Servant of Two Masters (2014); Feste, Twelfth Night (UMass Amherst). Concetta holds a BA in acting from UMass Amherst and is a S&Co STI Alumna (2010). Concetta also works as an education artist and costumer. Many thanks to more(Florinda) Third season with S&Co: Gertrude/Gravedigger Hamlet 2015 Northeast Tour (Mount); Pantalone, Servant of Two Masters (2014); Feste, Twelfth Night (UMass Amherst). Concetta holds a BA in acting from UMass Amherst and is a S&Co STI Alumna (2010). Concetta also works as an education artist and costumer. Many thanks to family and friends. Pace e Amore.

Dara Silverman

Dara Silverman

(Dara)

second season (A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Riotous Youth Staff) S&Co: Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Emperor of the Moon (Dara/Cupid). Regional: The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Young Playwrights Festival. Dara is a three time director in Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare, and

more(Dara)

second season (A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Riotous Youth Staff) S&Co: Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Emperor of the Moon (Dara/Cupid). Regional: The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Young Playwrights Festival. Dara is a three time director in Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare, and twice in Albany High School’s Promising Playwrights Festival. She has taught in school residencies through S&Co, Capital Repertory Theatre, and Proctors. Dara is a graduate of The National Theater Institute (2011), Skidmore College’s Theater Department (2013), and The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company (2013).

Jenna Ware

(Director) Twenty-third season with S&Co. Director: Henry V, The Servant of Two Masters, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Les Faux Pas or the Counter Plots; The Venetian Twins, Red Hot Patriot, Amorous Quarrel, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Shirley Valentine, The Henry VI Chronicles, more(Director) Twenty-third season with S&Co. Director: Henry V, The Servant of Two Masters, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Les Faux Pas or the Counter Plots; The Venetian Twins, Red Hot Patriot, Amorous Quarrel, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Shirley Valentine, The Henry VI Chronicles, Macbeth Tour. Jenna has directed over 40 productions for S&Co’s Education Program and is the founder of Shakespeare & Young Company. Jenna served as a reviewer for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities ‘Coming Up Taller’ award and the MCC Youth Reach grants. Education: BFA from NYU/Tisch.

"One of the delights each summer at Shakespeare and Co. is the over-the-top farces staged at the Rose Footprint. This tent-covered playing space is similar to 16th and 17th century theatres and the shows echo back to the famed Commedia del’Arte style of acting.

This summer’s show is the world premiere adaptation of The Emperor of the Moon by Aphra Behn. This production is a hoot-and-a-half with its larger-than-life characters, tongue-in-cheek line delivery, vigorous staging and very talented actors who are obviously enjoying themselves."

– Macey Levin, Berkshire on Stage

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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